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Population growth and asset prices
Peter S. Yoo
Abstract

This paper explores the theoretical relationship between the population growth rate and asset prices implied by an overlapping-generations model. The model shows that changes in a population's age distribution affect asset prices but such changes generate low frequency movements in asset prices. The model also shows that the treatment of expectations matter; a small response of individuals to changes in asset prices has large implications for the path of asset prices. Finally, the model shows that incorporating a supply of assets by interpreting an asset as a claim on physical capital diminishes the magnitude of the relationship but does not change the sign or timing of the relationship between a population's age distribution and asset prices.


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Peter S. Yoo, Population growth and asset prices, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Working Papers 1997-016, 1997.
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Keywords: Demography ; Population ; Prices
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